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Festival of Flight 2020 cancelled

Festival of Flight | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Festival of Flight | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian


Festival of Flight, scheduled for its second appearance in 2020, is now canceled, due to health concerns surrounding the event.

The first ever Festival of Flight was held in October of 2019, celebrating the rich aviation history of the Miami Valley.

The event was held at the Wright State Nutter Center and hosted more than 4,000 people. It was scheduled to take place on Wright States campus this year.

The organizers of the event cancelled due to several reasons, one of the biggest being that hands on education would simply not be possible.

“The most impactful areas of the Festival of Flight last year were the ‘hands-on’ educational areas for children,” said Greg Scharer, executive director of alumni relations for Wright State and co-founder of the Festival of Flight. “Our staff, sponsors and volunteers all agree that they wanted to protect the health of all the K–12 students who attended and engaged in such things as flight simulators, wind tunnels, balsa wood gliders, virtual reality, parachutes and drones.”

The organizers also canceled out of respect for struggling businesses that usually support the festival financially, according to the University press release.

The second Festival of Flight is scheduled to resume in the fall of 2021.

Makenzie Hoeferlin

Editor-in Chief